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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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(Hank Galliston (Anthony Edwards) is momentarily shocked by the kidnapping of his wife in "Zero Hour." Courtesy photo)
Thursday on TV: "Zero Hour" makes zero sense

I was excited to watch the Zero Hour (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) pilot. It promised adventure, mystery, bad guys-vs. good guys and - hopefully - fun.

Boy, was I disappointed. It was pretty much a big ol' bore. And the parts that weren't boring were amateur and lame.

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The show - about a conspiracy that involves the Catholic Church, the Nazis and the possible end of the world, looks pretty good, but is loaded with horrible dialogue, bad direction, bad acting and just general nonsense.

I'm curious about what the big mystery is. But I'm even more curious about how this could have gone so wrong.

Elsewhere on TV ...

The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The guys search for Valentine's Day gifts.

Community (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Pierce accidentally locks himself in his panic room.

American Idol (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The top 40 contestants are revealed.

The Vampire Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Damon runs into one of the five hunters.

Project Runway (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): Contestants have to design outfits using materials from a flower shop and a hardware store.

Women's college basketball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Santa Clara at BYU

Men's college basketball (7 p.m., KMYU): Denver at Utah State

Two and a Half Men (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Alan's Valentine's Day plans fall apart.

Parks and Recreation (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Ben and Leslie organize a black-tie gala to benefit the park.

Person of Interest (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A hotel maid is the latest POI.

Grey's Anatomy (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Owen is faced with tough decisions as the hospital heads for financial ruin.

The Office (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Andy returns from his trip.

Glee (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Will and Emma finally get married - or do they?

Beauty and the Beast (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Vincent and Cat aren't sure if they can trust Alex.

1600 Penn (8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The president's brother visits the White House.

Elementary (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Detective Bell is attacked.

Scandal (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): David Rosen is framed for murder.

Do No Harm (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Jason makes a deal with Ian.

Anger Management (10:30 p.m., FX): Charlie gives one of his patients a placebo.

Archer (11 p.m., FX): Archer's former fiancée asks him to save her cyborg boyfriend.

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